Osteoarthritis and orthopaedic rehabilitation
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the whole joint including bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles. The area predominantly affected is the cartilage (the protective covering over the ends of your bones), which degenerates, or breaks down. This cartilage is what stops the bones in your joints from rubbing against each other. Damage to cartilage and surrounding structures can cause your joints to:
- Become painful, stiff or swollen
- Feel like they might lock up or give way
Sometimes you can have osteoarthritis and not feel any symptoms at all. The most common sites to feel pain are your hands, spine, hips, and knees.
How can our Physiotherapists help manage osteoarthritis
- Pain management through treatment techniques aimed at reducing joint stiffness and muscular imbalances (joint mobilising, massage, dry needling, taping, orthotic prescription)
- Identification of weak muscles and prescription of appropriate, safe and pain free exercises to help regain muscle strength. This can be done in our clinic gym, in the hydrotherapy pool and/or with the design of an individualised home-based exercise program.
- Recommendation of suitable walking aids to help maintain a safe and supported walking pattern.
- Recommendation and fitting of braces to help with pain management and joint stability.
What is orthopaedic rehabilitation?
Our team of therapists can help you to manage your pain as well as regain your mobility and joint range of movement following an orthopaedic operation. An orthopaedic operation is one in which your bones/joints are surgically fixed or altered, such as:
- Total knee replacements
- Hip replacements
- Shoulder replacements and rotator cuff repairs
- Fracture surgery
- Spinal surgery
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